G. F. Vernon's XI cricket team in Ceylon and India in 1889–90

G.F. Vernon's XI cricket team in Ceylon and India in 1889-90 was led by G. F. Vernon. The team, composed entirely of players with amateur status, played no first-class matches but it was a pioneering tour being the first visit by an English team to India and the second to Ceylon, following the stopover by Ivo Bligh's team to Australia in 1882–83. In all, Vernon's team played 13 matches from 28 November 1889 to 1 March 1890, starting with two games in Ceylon from 28 November to 7 December before moving on to Calcutta where the Indian part of the tour began on 23 December.[1] They won 10 of the 13 matches and had one defeat and two draws.



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